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KB #240084: SQL will not start. The System cannot find the file specified

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Summary:

SQL Server does not start and the System Event log has an entry from the Service Control Manager: “The system cannot find the file specified.” This can be caused by a few issues. See below for more information.

Additional Information:

Failure of SQL to autostart after reboot, or to start after a manual request, can be caused by several factors. This article references issues where the Service Control Manager reports “The system cannot find the file specified”.

Causes:

SQL Server may not start for other reasons with different error messages. Articles related to SQL not starting are listed below.

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